Time for a smackerel . . . or two

It has been far too long since my last blog post. So long that I don’t want to admit it! I have been busy on other writing projects and every time I think about doing another blog entry, I find something terribly important to do! Why is this a phenomenon, I ask myself?

And why do I give in to it?

Once a break in the routine of writing has been established, it can become a mammoth psychological mountain to climb . . . a bit like if you have had a break from regular exercise, or been on holiday and lost the healthy eating plan. Invariably the doubts come tumbling in.

About what do I have to say that hasn’t been said many times before, and who would find my opinion interesting, etc . . . and that’s just a road that leads to nowhere. I have a quote from C.S.Lewis on my ‘inspiration board’ which says . . . “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

A week or so ago I had been having a catch up with a good friend who is in publishing, and we were talking about what articles prove most popular and why. She made a good point that people are always looking for articles on topics that they are interested in. For example, parents who have read umpteen articles on handling stress are still likely to read more on the topic because there might just be one fresh take on it, one more great suggestion they can take on board. Even if 90% of it is stuff they already know, it can confirm to them again what they know to be true and what they need to keep working on. Underneath, we are all looking for that inspiration, to try something again with a slightly different slant.

So with that in mind, I encourage you, that no matter how long it has been since you did something that is important to you, something you really want to make work in your life, something you know is good for you, something that requires focus and discipline – just make a start. In my case, I make myself a really good cup of tea, accompanied by a ‘smackerel’, and give myself a stern but positive talking to.

Any time is better than never.


The amount of honey that Winnie the Pooh eats,

everytime he puts his hand in the honey pot.

"Mmm delicious, just a smackerel of honey."

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